Now I you may think that I'm going through a meaning-of-life phase because I am reading all these books and attending courses. More like building my management toolkit. A course I took recently was an intro to life coaching. So many of my friends are at the same point in their lives - trying to figure out the next step. Some have kids, others are thinking about it and a few are figuring out how to balance their life/work with their partners'. Here are the basic steps to do-it-yourself life coaching. It is nice to work with a professional coach since they can guide you along and hold you accountable to your own goals. Yet anyone can do it on their own and be successful.
Set your goal - and it should be pretty clearly defined such as, “pursuing a creative endeavour in my spare time that allows me to express myself in ways that I can’t do at work.” It should be a goal that makes you smile, not one that makes you sweat with anxiety or feel so comfortable that you are still in your safety zone.
Define success - How will you know you’ve reached the goal when you get there? What will success look like? How will it feel? Can it be quantified and/or qualified? What will success allow you to do that you aren’t doing now?
Current situation - Where are you currently in relation to the goal? (Often called a GAP analysis, the gap between the goal and the current situation.)Are there any things in your life that you may already be doing that are moving you towards that goal – things that you didn’t recognise before?
What are specific actions you can take to get you towards your goal? Clearly identify them. How will you pursue them? What is a specific date/time that you will pursue each one? Once you think of a list add five more actions just to give yourself a good stretch in your thinking.
Hay, this looks a lot like the E-Myth methodology. Yes, just a different framing. I keep thinking that we should have support circles, some how over the web, for women who are asking these questions. Maybe thats what quilting circles use to be.